The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy
Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing. Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or
suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. Holy Saturday is the time to remember family and the faithful who have died as we await the Resurrection, or to honour
the martyrs who have given their lives to the cause of Christ in the world. Holy Saturday is a time for reflection and waiting,
a time of weeping that lasts for the night while awaiting the joy that comes at Easter.
Easter: During Holy Easter, Christians remember, experience, and celebrate their deep union with Jesus Christ.
We share in the fellowship of his sufferings and long for the power of his resurrection to be realized in our lives and in our world (Philippians 3:10).We pray for all who suffer, for unity among God’s people, for peace among nations and for the healing of God’s creation.We bear witness that in Jesus Christ, God is for us, and God is with us.
The spirit of Easter is all about Hope,
Love and joyful living.
Happy Easter to you and your family!
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in
prayer.”----Romans 12:12 (Bible)
When one talks about 'growth', I am sure the person is thinking about the
process which, drags out the extraneous and creates space for happiness and
light. The philosophy of Apostolic Carmel, “God Alone Suffices”, has been my
source of strength as, in both good and difficult times I have experienced the
Lord's all sufficing presence. These past enriching years, as the principal of
Carmel Delhi, has taught me the power of patience and change.
I have often seen people wonder and worry about the changing faces of the
present generation. I term them my “4G”. Their thoughts and ideas can make the
speed sof light seem slow in comparison. This is where my learning completed its
satisfactory course. When I look back at my interactions with the student
community over the years, I realize and admire the two way enlightenment which
has created a unique bond. One gets a little disappointed, when these young
minds compromise on discipline and values. Yet the chance for a positive change
has always been sparkling within. The primary role of an educationist is to
create opportunities, wherein the vulnerabilities of the young minds are
effectively tuned for an elevating future. There is ample hope and desire for
excellence in the youth. All they need to do is strip themselves off their
negativity and plunge headlong into imaginative changes. As Bernard Shaw stated,
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds,
cannot change anything.”
My trip to Ellwangan—Germany, reinforced the fact that ideas and ethos work the
same everywhere. The interactive sessions in Germany, were on “Unity in
Diversity”. The versatility of human race though baffling, has always been able
to thread the spirit of humanity together. This cannot be more comprehensible
than studying the colourful diversity of our own country. This is the place
where, different religions, judgments and philosophies co-exist and bloom. India
nurtures amiable variations and this was further emphasized by the enthusiastic
curiosity of our German counterparts. The Indo- German exchange programme
2011-2012, was truly an amalgamation of friendship and goodwill.
Divine intervention can steer every mortal endeavour towards perfection.
Individual abilities need to merge seamlessly with the will of the Lord
Almighty. I begin yet another year with a prayer for hard work, service and
numerous probabilities for evolution. My thoughts are aptly articulated through
the words of Thomas Alva Edison, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The
most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
The Value of Openess: I need to keep my mind constantly open to
learning in order to experience constant progress. When I have this attitude I
learn from everything that happens. Then I will be able to improve in each and
Gentle Soul: Real gentleness in a person is the power that
sees, understands, yet never interferes...
Celebration: Everyday is a celebration because instead of
waiting for happy endings, we open our eyes to the wonder of life, to see the
humour and magic in each moment. Delighted in the way things turn out, amazed at
the beauty of it all.
Trust:: When we think we can do things without other people's
help, it means we have become arrogant or are unable to trust others. This lack
of trust means we miss the chance to use others' potential for the benefit of
the task in hand. We are deprived of a useful resource and will not achieve as
much as we could by working together.